SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND MORE . . .
Last week I sat down to write Geek News and discovered my website was broken. It was my fault, but needless to say, it was a huge time suck getting it back together. A week later and things are new and shiny.
1) “Terry Pratchett docudrama is a fittingly imaginative tribute to Discworld’s genius” by Frank Cottrell Boyce
“A couple of minutes into Back in Black, there’s a shot of Terry Pratchett’s head, outlined in twinkling lights hovering over his own memorial service at the Barbican Centre in London. It looks like a satellite photograph of some new country. As Auden said of Edward Lear: ‘He became a land.’ And here are its people.”
2) “Neil Gaiman on His Norse Mythology, in Which Odin Wants a Wall” by Sarah Lyall
“Mr. Gaiman’s comic timing was just right, but the truth is that he could have read virtually anything — unpublished juvenilia, the scribbled notes in his margins, excerpts from his correspondence with his accountants — and the crowd would have responded with the same raise-the-roof appreciation. With his 2.5 million Twitter followers, his work across genres and social media, and his unusually close relationship with his fans, Mr. Gaiman exists in the center of a rare Venn diagram where best-selling author meets famous personality meets cult figure.”
3) “The Magicians builds a better fantasy show by bringing realism to magic” by Chaim Gartenberg
“Syfy’s adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is part of this new wave of fantasy shows, and as the show begins its second season, it remains one of the best examples on TV today of adult-oriented storytelling that maintains the delicate balance between high fantasy and familiar reality.”
“Times have certainly changed since Warner Brothers made a movie version of Queen of the Damned in 2002, one that bore little resemblance to the novel. ‘Hollywood in the last ten years has come to recognize the importance of the fans; it has come to see we are living in the age of the nerd, the geek, the fanboy or fangirl, the avid devoted reader. Hollywood has stopped dismissing and condescending to this audience and has started to respect it, only perhaps because Hollywood has no real choice. The immense success of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones has made it clear: fidelity to the books is where success lies.'”
“Director Denis Villeneuve says he’s been in two “parallel universes” the last several months, promoting his Oscar-nominated film “Arrival” and soaking up the awards season adulation, while also shooting and then editing his next project, the hugely ambitious Blade Runner 2049.”
6) “Here’s Our First Look at Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley“ by Jacob Hall
“All indications suggest that Mary Shelley will focus on the title character’s early years, particularly her relationship with Percy Shelley. And that could be great – their lives are full of enough tragedy and suicide and unwanted pregnancy and near-poverty and sudden deaths to fill several movies. Seriously. It’s downright soap operatic. Shelley, a genre innovator and a feminist during an era when neither was viewed in a particularly upstanding light, led a fascinating life long before and long after she conceived of a mad scientist re-animating a corpse as part of a “make up your own ghost story” challenge while vacationing with friends and family in Geneva.”
“If not Doctor Who, what science-fiction shows do I recommend to my friends? I have a handful that I divide up into levels of nerdom. The least nerdy and easiest to follow is Netflix’s Stranger Things.”
8) “Good News! The Future of Sci-Fi Isn’t Just Death and Darkness” by Geeks Guide to the Galaxy
“SCIENCE FICTION IS full of dystopian scenarios—but those are only on the page. When it comes to the writers producing sci-fi and fantasy, the future is anything but bleak. Those authors are focusing on a more progressive future.”
GAMES, BOOKS, COMICS, AWARDS, ETC
9) “The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts – Exclusive Sneak Peek” by Adrian Liang
“Zelda fans snatched up thousands of copies of the epic The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia in 2013. Now Nintendo and Dark Horse bring us The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts, a full-color book packed to the gills with original artwork created for the many Zelda games.”
10) “The 10 coolest sci-fi weapons from games, movies and TV” by Anthony De Santi
“Because the rules of reality are so bendable in science fiction, it’s easy to let the imagination run wild, and we all know what happens when brilliant imaginations run wild: magic. The magic that comes from these wild imaginations inspire, shock and amaze us in ways we never thought imaginable.”
11) “The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of February: Our Top 5 Picks” by Andian Liang
“There’s a heck of a lot to like among the science fiction and fantasy books released this month. A murder mystery with clones, a supernatural ship made of fingernails and toenails that will usher in the end of the world, a galaxy in which teleportation has made heroic (and hilarious) space pilots irrelevant, a growing revolution against aristocratic magic users, and giant roaches that steal people from their beds… Read on to learn more about five of our favorite February books that will plunge you into very different worlds.”
12) Want a degree in science fiction and fantasy? Try the UK. “Anglia Ruskin University sets up sci-fi and fantasy centre”
“Anglia Ruskin University, based in Chelmsford and Cambridge, will launch a masters degree in the subject in 2018. Centre director Helen Marshall said the “current interest in alternative facts and George Orwell’s 1984” made the subject “relevant”. It will also offer science fiction and fantasy modules for undergraduates.”
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